Public Works - Township Roads

 

Snow Emergencies
Our Road Crew and the contractors we hire spend long hours in tough conditions to make the roads as safe as possible.  Please cooperate with them and appreciate the fact that they are doing their best to serve the community.

Without fail, every winter we receive some snow and ice storms. Some winters are more severe than others are. However, whether it be severe or not, our staff are preparing to do their best to have our roads in as good a condition as possible.

Our trucks salt, cinder, and plow over 125 lane miles of roads. We hire extra contractors and maintain stock piles of over 400 tons of anti-skid material. We stock extra parts for plows, salt spreaders, and truck chains. Despite our best efforts, we do have equipment breakdowns during snowstorms.  This may delay work on certain routes. Please be patient.

Each operator has a specific route that includes high priority roads and lesser priority roads. When a snowstorm begins, operators will cover their entire route with salt and anti-skid material. This helps to keep the snow and ice from freezing on the surface.

After that they begin to plow their route. The intensity of the snowstorm determines how routes are completed. For minor storms the entire route may be completed at once. However, if the storm intensifies, only priority routes (usually through roads) will be plowed. Cul-de-sacs and secondary roads will not be done until the main routes can be kept open. As the storm lightens, all roads will be opened. After all roads can be kept open, drivers complete their route by pushing snow back as far as possible on the cartway and clearing the intersections.

The success of our winter maintenance program depends on how much cooperation we receive from our citizens.  By following these guidelines during a snowstorm you can assist us in keeping the roadways open.

  • Don’t park cars on a street during a snowstorm. Remove all vehicles from streets before the storm and keep them off until the streets are cleared. Having cars in the street not only delays the clearing of streets, but can result in the car owner receiving a fine or the car being towed.  If we are required to send a crew out to re-plow a street because cars were parked there, it costs more of your tax dollars!
  • Properly prepare your vehicle for winter driving. If you do not have confidence when driving on snow and ice, don't drive. Share the ride with someone or change your schedule so that you don't have to travel. Wait until the roads are clear before traveling.
  • Don’t push or shovel snow into the street. This practice causes a safety hazard and could cause an accident. You can be fined for this or be held responsible for the accident.
  • When clearing your driveway, be aware that when streets are plowed and widened the snow will go into your driveway.  Clearing a wider area on the edge of the street in front of your driveway will allow much of the snow to leave the plow before your driveway.
  • Check your mailbox.  We are not responsible for mailbox damage unless we actually hit the mailbox with a truck or plow blade.  Heavy snow thrown from highway plows will break mailboxes and rotted posts. You are responsible for these repairs.

Potholes
Report all potholes on Township roads to the Township Office at (610) 269-4174.  Our Road Crew will make an assessment of the situation and undertake either temporary or permanent repairs. Potholes on State roads (see below list) can be reported to PennDOT at (800) FIX-ROAD. 


State Roads
West Bradford Township  does not plow or maintain these roads.  Call PennDOT at 484-340-3200 to report problems with these roads:

  • Bradford Avenue
  • Northbrook Road
  • Brandywine Drive
  • Romansville Road
  • Camp Linden Road
  • Route 162 -Telegraph from Strasburg to Twp. Line
  • Embreeville Road
  • Route 322
  • Glenside Road -  Beacon Hill into Downingtown
  • Stargazers Road
  • Marshallton-Thorndale Road
  • West Strasburg Road

Summer Paving Program
The 2017 Repaving Road Program will be posted at a later date.

There will be occasional delays on roads that are being repaved during work hours, and at certain times sections of each road may be closed to all non-emergency vehicles.  West Bradford will notify residents living on these roads in advance of the work.  And the Township will provide detailed information on all required road closures.  As always, we appreciate your patience as we work to improve our roads and to keep our community a great place to live!